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Articles from the October 26, 2023 edition


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  • Ironwood designates ARPA funds

    Oct 26, 2023

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] IRONWOOD — In a busy meeting Monday evening, the Ironwood City Commission designated more than $500,000 in ARPA funds to purchasing a fire truck and electrical upgrades to the Curry Park campground, hired a new Department of Public Works supervisor and heard “exciting” news from city manager Paul Anderson about a pair of more than $10 million grants to fund infrastructure projects. Anderson said the city needed to designate its $511,782 in ARPA funds by the end of the year to qualify for an additio...

  • Wakefield-Marenisco students act out multiple lessons in kindness

    Oct 26, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD - Shouting was encouraged last week at the Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School. That's because, on Oct. 20, kindness guru Brian Williams was in the gym, leading elementary students in repeated series of chants that likely echoed throughout the school. Williams is the founder of Think Kindness, based in Reno, Nevada, and he is on a mission to spread kindness to schools throughout the nation and beyond. As a 4th-degree black belt, he even applies...

  • Council refuses water bill reduction after pipe break

    Oct 26, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — Members of the Bessemer City Council voted on Monday evening to refuse a request from a Bessemer resident to be relieved of a water bill that ballooned after a water pipe broke. City Secretary Samantha Dorr said the city had changed the water meter at that location on June 28 and that the resident believed the break had occurred due to faulty installation. She said that Fred Trevarthen had noticed a change in water pressure directly after the installation, but that changes in water pressure w...

  • Wakefield City Council commits to $3.5 million in loans

    Oct 26, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield City Council voted on Monday evening to approve action in relation to securing $3.5 million in low-interest revenue bonds to fund the first phase of a major water project. City Manager Robert Brown Jr. explained the details in a Tuesday evening phone call. “We’re all signed up and ready to roll,” he said cheerily, noting that councilmen voted to approve Resolution No. 246, which accepts a related project bid of $2,994,958 from Ruotsala Construction of Ironwood. UPEA Engineers and...

  • Patricia Ann Champine

    Oct 26, 2023

    SIDNAW, Mich. - Patricia Ann Champine, age 96, of Sidnaw, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at U.P. Health System in Marquette. Patricia was born May 18, 1927, in Flint, daughter to Carl and Della (Dunham) Anderson. She graduated in 1945 from Trout Creek High School. She married Harold Champine in 1947 in Baraga County and they resided in Sidnaw. Patricia was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, member of the Sidnaw Episcopal Church, served on the Sidnaw Township Board and was...

  • Jo Benakis

    Oct 26, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Jo Benakis, 82, died peacefully on Oct. 4, 2023, in the arms of her loved ones. She had the best last day ever, hosting a special gathering of friends and horses at her and Bob's beloved farm (Barber Road Stables) in Bessemer. JoAnn Charlotte Luoma was born in April 1941 in Ironwood, to Richard and Helen Luoma, along with her sister Carol. Jo was always a very active, determined person, as she participated in everything possible in school. She jumped in and fully lived her...

  • Thomas 'Tommy' LeRoy Harries

    Oct 26, 2023

    HURLEY, Wis. - Thomas "Tommy" LeRoy Harries, age 69, of Hurley, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan. He was born on May 14, 1954, in Ashland, as the son of Frederick and Catherine (VanSlyck) Harries. Tommy lived most of his life in the Hurley area under the care of the Highline Corporation, who really became his extended family over the years. His own family would like to acknowledge the many people at Highline - especially Gary,...

  • Savina J. Kyrola

    Oct 26, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. — Savina J. Kyrola, 96, of 1 N. Fairview Street Apartments, Bessemer, died on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at her residence. Savina was born on April 12, 1927, in Anvil Location, Bessemer, a daughter of Massimo and Mamie (Borgo) Mattie. She attended Anvil School and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer in 1944. Savina attended beauty school and worked locally for 20 years. Then, she was employed as a dietary aide at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield for 17 years. On May 15, 1948, Savina was united in marri...

  • Helen J. Schaller

    Oct 26, 2023

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Helen J. (Turkal) Schaller, 99, died peacefully in a family home on Oct. 18, 2023. She was the last surviving sibling of 11 children. Helen was one of the first female nurse anesthetists in the country beginning in the mid-1940s. She received her "on-the job" training in Detroit, spent a short time in Philadelphia, and then spent most of her career in Milwaukee at Columbia Hospital. Helen's compassion and dedication as a nurse anesthetist were the cornerstones of her adult...

  • John Verville

    Oct 26, 2023

    GREEN BAY, Wis.. - John Keith Verville, 56, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully at Aurora Hospital after a lengthy illness on Oct. 8, 2023, with his family by his side. John was born in White Pine, Michigan, on Dec. 5, 1966, to Keith and Mary "Dolly" Verville. He graduated from White Pine High School in 1985. Throughout his college years, John and his friends formed a band called Main Street, where he was the drummer. They played almost every weekend and had quite the local following. John alwa...

  • Effie Thomas

    Oct 26, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. - Effie Thomas, 89, of Bruce Crossing, passed away on Oct. 17, 2023, at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee. She was born on Feb. 5, 1934, to the late Thomas and Jennie (Pelkola) Metos. Effie was united in marriage to the late Oscar Ivio. After his death, she married the late Steve Thomas. Effie loved to crotchet afghans, making literally hundreds over the years that were shared with friends and family. She was an enormous fan of Elvis Presley. Effie enjoyed cooking and...

  • Community Calendar

    Oct 26, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Oct. 26 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110....

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